Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 7/13/17 7:18am ET
New England Patriots TE Dwayne Allen isn't considered a lock to make the team, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Allen had a 35-406-6 line last year, and he caught eight touchdowns in 29 receptions in 2014. With so many options to throw to in New England, Allen is a very risky TE2.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 7/12/17 3:30pm ET
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (undisclosed) dealt with an undisclosed injury during offseason workouts, but running backs coach Ivan Fears said it did not appear to be a long-term issue.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on Gillislee's status once training camp starts, but he probably will be fine for the start of the season. He is expected to take over the role that LeGarrette Blount had last season, which should help his fantasy value. He will have to share touches with other running backs during the season but could be a No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 7/12/17 2:59pm ET
The New England Patriots could consider limiting RB Dion Lewis' regular season snaps in order to keep him healthy for all 16 games, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Lewis should be part of a committee at running back this season and probably will be used as a change of pace back. He was limited to 298 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards in 2016 because he only played in seven games. Owners in most leagues can consider Lewis a late-round option that could be used as a flex option against certain opponents.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 7/12/17 7:27pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman had the highest target percentage from the slot of any wide receiver in the NFL during the 2016 season. He was targeted 29.1 percent of the time when he lined up in the slot, while retired WR Steve Smith (28 percent) and Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (26.7 percent) finished second and third, respectively.
Huddle Up: This shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as Edelman has always been one of Tom Brady's favorite weapons throughout his career. That figures to continue in 2017, as despite entering his age-31 season, the eight-year veteran continues to be as productive as any wide-out in the league. Even with Brandin Cooks joining the receiving corps, it looks like Edelman can be trusted again as a high-end receiver.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 7/4/17 7:52am ET
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is the most likely back to fill the void left by RB LeGarrette Blount's departure, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Gillislee has rushed for 5.7 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons in limited work. He'll be a matchup play, but he could be a sneaky RB3 against weaker defenses.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 6/20/17 4:49pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has already impressed head coach Bill Belichick. 'Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from the Saints]; he's working hard to make it,' Belichick said. Belichick said Cooks is able to do multiple things for the Patriots and they'll have to see how those tools translate at training camp.
Huddle Up: Cooks, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, among others, give Tom Brady a versatile and formidable group of pass-catchers. Cooks may not be as involved with the Patriots, but he'll still play an integral role. As such, he should part of the WR2 conversation for fantasy purposes.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 6/18/17 12:49pm ET
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell was kept on the sideline throughout spring practices by design. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots are subscribing to a 'less is more' approach with the second-year wideout and doing what they can to help sustain him for the long haul given his extensive history with knee injuries.
Huddle Up: Mitchell was a pleasant surprise as a fourth-round rookie in 2016, but he figures to be reduced to more of a specialty role as a sophomore after New England added Brandin Cooks to a receiver corps that already boasts Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. As such, Mitchell will have a hard time being fantasy-relevant this season barring a rash of injuries in front of him on the depth chart.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/16/17 7:23am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in practice and hasn't missed a practice this offseason.
Huddle Up: That's a great sign for Gronk, but the number of injuries is piling up on his 28-year-old body. The tight end fray is starting to catch up to him, and the risk associated with taking him so high in drafts may not be worth it anymore. The team is also loaded with receivers and running backs that catch the ball. He's still an elite TE1, if not still the best at the position, but the risk is glaring.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/16/17 7:16am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has showcased the same arm strength he has for most of his career in offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Brady is turning 40, but there is little reason to believe a downswing is coming. He is more loaded at the skill positions than he has ever been, and he's an elite QB1 option.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 6/16/17 7:16am ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been lining up with WR Brandin Cooks and WR Julian Edelman in three-wide receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Hogan had a modest 38-680-4 line on the season, but he had some big performances in spots. Hogan isn't someone to lean on consistently, but he can be a matchup beast as a WR5.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/9/17 5:46am ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman can earn a maximum of $19 million with his two-year extension. He received a $5 million signing bonus, a $3 million salary in 2017 with a $750,000 roster bonus ($46,875 per game), a $250,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2018, his $2 million base salary is fully guaranteed with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2019, his $2 million salary is guaranteed for injury with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $3.5 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: As strange as it may seem, Edelman's 1,106 yards were a career high last season. He also had 98 grabs but only three touchdowns. At 31, his name value may carry more weight than in fantasy as he has only had two 1,000-yard seasons. His playstyle doesn't help him, either, as he doesn't shy away from hits in the slot. He's still in the WR2 discussion, but there are options with more upside.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 6/9/17 8:23am ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks is lining up everywhere on the field for the team, and he caught a team-high eight passes during a three-day minicamp this week. Cooks finishes every single route, regardless of how quickly the ball is delivered, and he flashes his hands at the end of the route to simulate the timing of the throw, according to S Devin McCourty.
Huddle Up: Cooks is a weapon, but it's hard to envision him harnessing his WR1 potential with so many other weapons in this offense. Cooks is at-best a WR2 in fantasy.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/8/17 11:49am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman's contract extension talks are moving forward and an agreement should be made in the next day or so, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Edelman is entering a contract year, so it's no surprise that an extension would get done this offseason. He's the Patriots' most consistent wide receiver and deserves low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 consideration in PPR formats.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/8/17 1:31pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman agreed to a multi-year contract extension Thursday, June 8, according to sources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Patriots officially hold on to their star receiver, who was entering a contract year. As stated earlier, Edelman is a low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 target with added value in PPR leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/8/17 5:49pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman's two-year extension that he agreed on Thursday, June 8, is worth $11 million, with $9 million in total guarantees.
Huddle Up: Despite being on the verge of entering his age-31 campaign, Edelman has continued to prove his worth year in and year out, and is coming off a season in which he registered his highest reception (98) and yardage (1,106) totals since 2013. Interestingly, he was also never targeted more than he was last year. Thus, he's always worth a look in fantast drafts as a WR2.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 6/7/17 12:45pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has been one of the breakout performers during minicamp this week and his speed has set him apart from his teammates, in the opinion of the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.
Huddle Up: Cooks probably will be used as a deep threat for the Patriots but could also see short passes that would allow him to use his speed. He has posted at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons and will have a solid role in the Patriots' passing game. Cooks can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/5/17 10:29am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is 'feeling great' after several weeks on the field and in the gym. He has practiced without restriction.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is a huge liability with as much upside in fantasy as the No. 1 tight end. He'll cost a pretty penny in what is a fairly deep but also precarious tight end class.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 6/5/17 2:29pm ET
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee appears to be the frontrunner for the Patriots' starting running back job, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, although he is expected to be part of a committee.
Huddle Up: Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead will push Gillislee for meaningful playing time in a crowded backfield. Gillislee is already an under-the-radar fantasy asset. If he does earn most of the snaps and can serve as the Pats' primary goal-line back in place of LeGarrette Blount then he will surprise some people in 2017.
James White - RBPosted 5/31/17 7:49am ET
New England Patriots RB James White has firmly entrenched himself as the passing-down back for the club.
Huddle Up: White's snaps bloomed from 290 in 2015 to 425 last season, and the crowded backfield shouldn't play too much of a role on him. He has earned Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's trust, and he should have yours as a solid RB3 in PPR leagues.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 5/28/17 10:45am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is expected to battle Andrew Hawkins for the sixth and likely final receiver spot in camp, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell aren't going anywhere, while Matthew Slater's Pro Bowl-caliber work on special teams pretty much makes him a lock. Amendola holds the edge because he is a known quantity in New England, but his injury history give Hawkins a legitimate chance to stick. Neither player figures to be worth much in fantasy, however.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 5/28/17 8:08am ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis still has a spot on the club despite the additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead this offseason, likely as a kickoff returner and reserve running back who will play 15 to 20 snaps per game, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Lewis showed off his trademark burst in OTAs per Reiss, who believes the team will 'carefully manage' the injury-prone running back. James White is the favorite to remain the team's primary passing-down back, leaving Lewis' owners in a tough spot. Consider White a solid mid-round option in PPR leagues and Lewis more of a late-round gamble.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/26/17 6:46pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in drills during voluntary workouts, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Gronkowski has been 'involved in everything' and 'looks like Gronk.'
Huddle Up: Despite the injury history, Gronkowski still deserves to be the first tight end off the board in drafts as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. His upside is unmatched at the position.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/25/17 12:12pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has progressed well enough that he has been cleared to take the field for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski's injury history is well-documented, but he remains the best at his position. It appears he's on track to be ready to play by Week 1, so he should continue to be the first tight end taken in fantasy drafts.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/23/17 2:35pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski restructured his deal for 2017 and has a chance to become the highest paid tight end in the league. The deal can boost his salary from $5.25 million to $10.75 million.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL, so it makes sense that he'd be the highest paid at the position. He should be the first tight end taken in fantasy drafts, but there is the injury risk as he has missed 22 games in his seven-year career.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/21/17 5:40pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is in the final year of his contract, but former teammate Heath Evans said he doesn't expect a contract dispute like the one that saw WR Wes Welker leave New England and sign with the Denver Broncos in free agency. 'I don't think we're going to see that with Jules,' Evans said. 'I think Jules embraces the grind-it-out-for-the-common-good mentality.'
Huddle Up: The addition of Brandin Cooks and a healthy Rob Gronkowski could eat into Edelman's targets, but he has Tom Brady's trust, and that should keep him comfortably in the WR2 conversation, especially in PPR formats.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/19/17 10:38am ET
Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion last season, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, suggested that her husband dealt with a concussion last year and possibly in years past. He enters 2017 as a high-end QB1, but he definitely carries more risk than some other top signal-callers entering his age-40 season, regardless of whether or not he has a concussion history.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 5/19/17 6:20pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount will likely inherit the carries RB Ryan Mathews was given last year, according to beat writer Jimmy Kempski, and Kempski estimates Blount will see around 170 carries.
Huddle Up: Blount seems like a safe bet to handle the carries around the goal line, and if he also sees a bulk of the early-down work, he should have himself a nice season. Don't expect a repeat of last year's 18-touchdown outburst, but Blount could be a low-end RB2 or luxury RB3.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 5/18/17 7:19pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount said QB Carson Wentz is 'one of those guys you want to build a team around' and 'has the potential to be a really special player.'
Huddle Up: Wentz showed promise in his rookie season, but it is still a reach to expect QB1 production from him in 2017. He is an appealing option in keeper formats but a backup in redraft leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/17/17 6:55am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (concussion) suffered a concussion last season, according to his wife, Gisele Bundchen, appearing on 'CBS This Morning' Wednesday, May 17.
Huddle Up: It never showed up on the injury report, but it serves as a reminder that Father Time is undefeated. Brady turns 40 in August, but he remains a high-end QB1 in fantasy that will carry some risk.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 5/17/17 7:25am ET
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, May 17, worth up to $2.8 million.
Huddle Up: The Eagles are expected to cut Ryan Mathews, and Blount will battle with Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood for the carries on first and second downs. Darren Sproles will be in the mix on most third downs. If Blount, who should have a leg up on the rest, can seize the job, he'll be a decent RB2 in fantasy.
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